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Fred W. Beasley Education Lab Expansion


Fred W. Beazley River Academy

Paradise Creek Nature Park, Portsmouth, VA

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Expansion of the Beazley River Academy, Paradise Creek Nature Park


Special thanks to HBA Architects
for preliminary concept

The Elizabeth River Project in 2012 open Paradise Creek Nature Park with the City of Portsmouth. These 40 acres of restored wetlands and revitalized forest present an “urban oasis” where all ages explore many education opportunities, from volunteer service learning to workshops and field trips. The Elizabeth River Project added the first enclosed classroom in 2018 with the opening of the Fred W. Beazley River Academy. Immediately interest and education opportunities more than doubled. The classroom stays booked for in-house and community education.

To meet the need for expanding education programs, including new outreach to at-risk youth, and house growing park education staff, an expansion is planned to add 1,500 sq. ft. to the existing 1,300 sq. ft. academy. With your support, the expansion will achieve a second classroom and modest office space.